The work of Alan Macdonald (b. 1962) is instantly recognisable for its theatricality, humour and consummate skill. The marriage of old-master technique and Pop modernity create moments of unbridled delight and pathos.

Macdonald visually acknowledges his artistic heroes; Titian, Ingres, Goya or Van Dyke, then throws a grenade, mischievously subverting our expectations of how the female nude, portrait, self-portrait, landscape or history painting should behave.


“Few artists’ work absorbs us as much as the painting of Alan Macdonald. It is not just the many objects brought together that make us stare; half-forgotten things taken from Classics and Caravaggio combined with the mundane ephemera of sweetshops, supermarkets and childhood remembrances. It is the humanity of the man, women or god looking out that grips us. They say, ‘I am here and the world is wondrous.’  These great paintings remain with you even after you look away.”

Tony Davidson, Director, Kilmorack Gallery


Alan Macdonald was born in Malawi, Central Africa and graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. He spent his early career in London before relocating to Carnoustie, Scotland. His work has an international following, held in collections throughout UK, Europe, Asia and North America.